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MDMR certifies state saltwater finfish record for February

24-11-CWS | February 26, 2024 BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources certified a state saltwater fishing record using conventional tackle for the month of February.   Ron McMillan of Lucedale set the record for Red Grouper (Epinephelus morio) with a fish weighing 22 pounds, 12 ounces.   Photo courtesy MS Department of […]

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Recreational season for Gray Triggerfish to open March 1

24-10-CWS | February 23, 2024 BILOXI, Miss. – Officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced today that the recreational fishing season for Gray Triggerfish (Balistes capriscus) will open in Mississippi territorial waters on Friday, March 1, 2024, at 12:01 a.m. local time. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting

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MDMR issues notice of cancellation of molluscan shellfish leases request for proposals

24-9-CWS | February 22, 2024 BILOXI, Miss. – Following receipt of public comments, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) conducted an evaluation of the Molluscan Shellfish Leases Request for Proposals (RFP). This evaluation revealed several significant deficiencies in the RFP process, specifically with respect to the grading criteria. In addition, the evaluation revealed discrepancies

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Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for its Ad Hoc Commercial Red Snapper and Grouper-Tilefish Individual Fishing Quota Program Advisory Panel

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is seeking applicants for its Ad Hoc Commercial Red Snapper and Grouper-Tilefish Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program Advisory Panel (AP).  The Panel is charged with evaluating and making recommendations relative to requirements for participation in the red snapper and grouper/tilefish IFQ programs and modifications to IFQ shares and

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MDMR announces Commercial Vessel Safety Program

24-7-CWS | February 14, 2024 BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) is implementing the Commercial Vessel Safety Program as a part of the 2019 Mississippi Bonnet Carré Fisheries Disaster Recovery Program. The Commercial Vessel Safety Program is a reimbursement program for Mississippi resident commercial fishermen who held a valid commercial fishing

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Recreational Offshore Landing Permit required for Mississippi anglers when fishing for reef species

24-6-CWS | January 31, 2024 BILOXI, Miss. – Beginning February 1, 2024, it will be mandatory for Mississippi anglers to obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP) to possess any reef fish species which includes any species of snapper, amberjack, grouper, hind, triggerfish and Cobia in Mississippi waters. Gray (Mangrove) Snapper may be harvested North

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